Peoria Chiefs at Beloit Snappers

April 13th, 2004

Anthony Monegan RF 4 1 2 0
Mike McCoy 3B 4 0 1 0
Cody Haerther LF 5 0 1 1
Terry Evans CF 5 0 1 0
John Santor 1B 4 1 2 0
Travis Parker RF 5 0 0 0
Kyle Boyer 2B 4 2 2 0
Matt Pagnozzi C 2 0 1 0
Milko Jaramillo SS 4 0 1 2
Terry Trofholz CF 3 0 0 0
Drew Anderson LF 4 1 1 0
Lou Palmisano DH 1 1 0 0
Tim Marks C 4 0 1 1
Vinny Rottino 1B 4 0 0 1
Adam Heether 3B 4 0 0 0
Robby Deevers RF 4 0 1 0
Josh Murray SS 4 0 1 0
Guilder Rodriguez 2B 2 0 1 0

Peoria 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 11 1
Beloit 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 2

E-Heether, Marks, Haerther, LOB PEO-12, BEL-5, 2B-Evans, 3B-Monegan, Anderson, HBP-Palmisano, SACB-Pagnozzi, Trofholz, SB-Santor 2, CS-Palmisano

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Mark Michael 8 5 2 2 3 6 W (1-0)
Jason Burch 1 0 0 0 0 1 SV (1)

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Luis Pena 5 4 0 0 2 5 ND
Tim Dillard 2.2 6 4 4 2 4 L (0-1)
Simon Beresford 1.1 1 0 0 1 2 ND

WP-Michael, Dillard, HB-Palmisano (Dillard), BK-Pena
T-2:35, A-347

Peoria Journal Star

Mark Michael overcame a shaky start to throw eight solid innings and the Peoria Chiefs scored two in the sixth and two in the eighth Tuesday night to notch a come from behind 4-2 victory over the Beloit Snappers.

Michael (1-0) gave up two runs in the first and then settled down allowing only three more hits over the next seven innings.

Second baseman Kyle Boyer scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Tim Dillard (0-1) in the eighth. The Chiefs (2-3) added an insurance run when left fielder Cody Haerther singled home Anthony Monegan, continuing his season opening five game hitting streak.

Snapper left fielder Drew Anderson tripled with one out in the first. DH Lou Palmisano walked, and Anderson scored when catcher Tim Marks singled. Michael allowed the runners to advance on a wild pitch, and then Palmisano came home on Vinny Rottino's groundout.

Beloit starter Luis Pena cruised through five scoreless innings, but when reliever Tim Dillard came on in the sixth, the Peoria offense woke up.

First baseman John Santor led off with a single and went to third when Kyle Boyer singled two batters later. After catcher Matt Pagnozzi walked to load the bases, short stop Milko Jaramillo singled to tie the game, 2-2.

Jason Burch tossed a perfect ninth for his first save.

Beloit Daily News
by Jim Franz

Peoria right hander Mark Michael didn't let a rough opening inning prevent him from cooling off the Snappers Tuesday night.

After smacking 16 hits in Monday's 10-4 victory, Beloit was held to just five by Michael and closer Jason Burch as the Chiefs tied the series with a 4-2 win.

"It took an inning to get a feel for things," Michael said. "Maybe I should have warmed up in the bullpen longer. After the first inning, I made some adjustments and I knew I had something special going on. I felt it in my arm. My sinker was working nice and I had my curveball and changeup. i had all three pitches."

After allowing two hits and two runs in the first inning, Michael mowed down the Snappers until the eighth when Josh Murray and Guilder Rodriguez slapped singled to open the inning.

By then, Peoria had rallied to tie it in the sixth inning and take a 4-2 lead in the eighth.

But the two run cushion looked precarious when Terry Trofholz's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third with Beloit's hottest hitters, Drew Anderson and Lou Palmisano coming up.

Anderson whose triple ignited the first inning outburst, struck out on a curveball in the dirt. Palmisano, batting .462 had reached saftley his first three trips on two walks and being hit by a pitch. He had struck out once all season, but Michael got him swining, on another curve.

"Those were the two most important outs of the game," Michael said. "The curveball was the key."

"That was the adjustment he made." Beloit manager Don Money said. "He got his breaking ball over more on a consistant basis. In the eighth, we had the tying runs on with out two and three hitters up. You figure you're in a good situation, but you have to give (Michael) credit."

A New Jersey native used to pitching in the cold weather. Michael (1-0) finished with a five hitter over eight innings, walking three and striking out six.

"I think the cold weather gives me a big advantage," Michael said. "I think the hitters are looking to get out of there so there looking for a first pitch fastball they can swing at. I mixed it up a lot, throwing some first pitch changeups and moving the ball inside and out."

While disappointed to see his team slip to 2-3, Money said this wasn't a case of errors proving their downfall as in previous losses.

He had to like the performance of starter Luis Pena, who worked five scoreless innings before giving way to Tim Dillard. Pena allowed only four hits, walked two and struck out five.

"I'm happy with the start." Pena said. "I've been working a lot on my mechanics and it's paying off."

The Snappers gave him a 2-0 lead in the first. Anderson tripled and after Palmisano walked. Tim Marks belted a RBI single. Palmisano went to third on the hit and scored on Vinny Rottino's groundout.

Beloit's Robby Deevers singled to open the second, but was erased on a double play. That was the last hit off Michael before Murray's leadoff single in the eighth.

Peoria's offense went to work when Dillard came on in the sixth. John Santor and Kyle Boyer singled and a one out walk to Matt Pagnozzi loaded the bases. Milko Jaramillo's two run single tied it up before Dillard ended the inning with Mike McCoy flying out.

Terry Evans doubled off Dillard in the seventh, but the Snappers worked out of that jam by striking out the side.

Boyer singled to open the eigth and moved up on a bunt by Pagnozzi. He took third on a groundout and scored when Dillard bounced a wild pich past Marks.

Anthony Monegan kept the inning going by lining a ball that centerfielder Trofholz missed on a diving try. The ball rolled to the wall and Monegan had a triple. He scored when Cody Haerther greeted reliever Simon Beresford with a single. The Snappers squandered the eighth inning rally, but had a last gasp when Adam Heether's fly to left was dropped with two out in the ninth for a two base error. Burch then got Deever to ground out to end the game.,br>
Peoria DH, Tyler Parker struck out five times. The chilly game drew only 347 fans. RHP Greg Moreira draws tonight's starting assignment for Beloit. Palmisano had his four game hitting streak snapped as well as a string of driving in at least one run in every game so far.